New High-Resolution Global Forest Heights Map Released

Posted on April 13, 2012

Global Forest Canopy Map

NASA's Earth Observatory reports that a refined global forest canopy height map has been released. A team led by Marc Simard of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed the newer map. The tallest forests are shown as dark green on the map.

The map was created using data from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) from the ICESAT satellite and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites. It also incorporates additional elevation data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (STRM) and climatology information from both the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and the Worldclim database.

You can view a much larger image of the forest height map here.

Image: Marc Simard/NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory